Our Mission

Mission Statement

The mission of the NJVN is to help New Jersey Veterans and their families enjoy a sustainable quality of life by creating a network of Community Veteran Liaisons (“CVL”) whose role is to identify veterans, and connect them with resources & programs designed to meet the unique set of veteran needs.

Vision

Identify and appoint a volunteer in the local community to be the single point of contact (CVL) to assist veterans in connecting with resources and programs (“Network”) in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, housing and employment. CVLs in this way will in a sense ensure there is “no wrong door” for veterans in need and in turn help veterans and their families achieve a sustainable quality of life post military service.

Role of the Community Veterans Liaison

Each CVL should be assertive in seeking to identify veterans in their local community using a variety methods that include but aren’t limited to a town wide veteran meeting or event designed to draw veterans. This event should include elected officials, leaders from local veteran groups, first responders, educators, social groups, service providers (behavioral health, wellness), churches and other faith based organizations.

Local veterans can be identified in many instances through tax office records, Veterans Service Organizations such as the VFW & American Legion, recruiters and elected officials. Note: CVLs need to check policies regarding disclosure of veteran status by/from government agencies and/or records. Best practice: Update the list at least bi-annually.

Best Practice

Veteran rosters/lists should be designed to allow easy communication via email or telephone. List should include name, telephone number, email address, veteran status (disabled/nondisabled, veteran preference) and home address.

Veteran rosters/lists should be designed to allow easy communication via email or telephone. List should include name, telephone number, email address, veteran status (disabled/nondisabled, veteran preference) and home address.

The Network

Each town/community is different and may have more or less resources, or in some cases unique resources, then do other communities. Communities and CVLs should identify resources and in some cases, may need to evaluate the efficacy of that resource and/or a program.

Best Practice

Subject matter experts, resources and others that may add value to the local community network should be identified as a first order of business by a CVL. Proactively reach out and collaborate with the community members, businesses and local vendors.

SAMPLE Veteran organizations, clubs and groups

VFW- Veterans of Foreign War

American Legion

Disabled American Veterans

Vietnam Veterans of America

Marine Corps League

Jewish War Veterans

Team Red White and Blue

Operation Rebound Racing Team

AMVETS

Marine Corps League

Paralyzed Veterans of America

RWB Racing Team

Knights of Columbus

UNICO

ELKS

Catholic Charities

Best Practices:

Meet with these groups and have their members also assist you with the network. Check your community or near by towns to see if they have these organizations or other similar veterans group. Remember each county may have a veteran officer in place whose role may compliment or fill a gap in services. Don’t let perfect get in the way of good. Do the best possible with existing assets/services/programs to help assure veterans know your community is there for them. Feel free to contact your area veteran officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs official(s) for assistance

SAMPLE Veteran Mental Health and Substance Abuse providers

Princeton House Rehab Center

NJ Dept of Health

Head strong Project

VA mental Health Treatment Centers

Rutgers PTSD Support Group

Vets4Warriors

(Vet to Vet peer assistance)

UMDNJ

Hope for VETS

Vets for Warriors

VET for VET

SAMPLE Housing services/providers

Veterans Haven

Veterans Affair Hospital

Community Hope Veteran Program

Welcome Home Vets of New Jersey

Operation Chill Out

GI Go Fund

Homes for Troops

Operation Home Front

SAMPLE Employment services

County Veteran Officer

Veteran Affairs

State of NJ Dept of Labor: NJ Career connections

Stars and Stripes Veteran Job Center

Veteran Recruitment Center

Hire heroes

We Hire Heroes USA

Career one Stop Veteran and Military Transition Center

Free Resume For Veterans Plus

GI Go Fund

Local business and companies

NJ Veterans Business Outreach Center

Military Hire

FDU Vets Launching Program

Operation College Promise

Us Small Business Administration